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Brady Campaign on Jason Kander Announcement: “This is What True Heroism Looks Like”

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, call the VA Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2018 – This week, former Missouri secretary of state and Army captain Jason Kander announced that he will seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder brought about due to his combat tour in Afghanistan 11 years ago, ending his campaign for mayor of Kansas City, MO. The Brady Campaign thanked Jason for his honesty and strength-in-vulnerability, and noted his long history of being a champion for gun safety.

Kyleanne Hunter, USMC (ret.), VP of Programs at the Brady Campaign, stated,

“Getting help is strength. We are proud of Jason for taking such a public step, one that shows leadership and will hopefully save lives and inspire others suffering in silence to do the same. Jason has always put his fellow Americans first and foremost, and his service is an honorable example for us all. His willingness to seek help is a true example, showing that guns and depression are a dangerous combination. We sincerely hope that other elected officials throughout the country are inspired by Jason to proactively help veterans and others by promoting strong gun violence prevention policies in their own communities, including extreme risk protection orders that help keep guns out of the hands of those who become at-risk of doing harm to themselves or others. Jason recognized that he was a potential risk to himself, and we know his example will inspire others to seek the help they need.

“And Jason - we’re with you all the way. When you’re ready, we’ll be here with open arms.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD and is in crisis, please call the VA Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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